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Peter Carlson has practiced Theravadin Mindfulness meditation since his first retreat at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachussetts in 1982.

He has sat over 30 retreats since then, lasting from 3 days to 3 months in duration. He has attended retreats led by many different teachers, including Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Larry Rosenberg, Carol Wilson, Marcia Rose, Arinna Weisman, Bhante Gunaratana, S. N. Goenka, and, most recently, Matt Flickstein.

After many requests, we've arranged to post the Wednesday night Buddhist meditation group into podcast format. We hope you find them beneficial.]]>
Peter Carlson clean Peter Carlson sharon@orlandoinsightmeditation.org sharon@orlandoinsightmeditation.org (Peter Carlson) Copyright © Orlando Insight Meditation Group 2011 Listen to Dharma Talks – Orlando Insight Meditation Group Listen to Dharma Talks - Orlando Insight Meditation Group https://www.orlandoinsightmeditation.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/lo-res-dhamma-wheel-600-SQ.jpg https://orlandoinsightmeditation.org/category/audio/ Introducing Additional Teachers https://orlandoinsightmeditation.org/2022/12/introducing-additional-teachers/ Fri, 02 Dec 2022 20:14:59 +0000 https://orlandoinsightmeditation.org/?p=74196 ]]> This talk introduces several new teachers who are either certified or entering certification training as Dharma teachers: Lezlie Laws, April Koester, Alli Vaknin and Lili Fernandez.  Peter has been looking for additional teachers for our group for quite awhile and expresses gratitude for this opportunity to increase the benefits of Secular Buddhist concepts and practices in Central Florida.  The expanded geographic and demographic advantages of additional teachers is described.  Following this, each person is given the opportunity to describe her background and motivation for teaching the Dharma.

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This talk introduces several new teachers who are either certified or entering certification training as Dharma teachers: Lezlie Laws, April Koester, Alli Vaknin and Lili Fernandez.  Peter has been looking for additional teachers for our group for quit... ]]> Peter Carlson clean 51:53
Guided Gratitude Contemplation https://orlandoinsightmeditation.org/2022/11/guided-gratitude-contemplation/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 16:29:33 +0000 https://orlandoinsightmeditation.org/?p=74052 ]]> This guided contemplation begins with integrating mindfulness of breathing meditation with the repetition of a “short form” lovingkindness meditation.  After this practice is established, a series of gratitude contemplations are offered, for example, the benefits of meditation practice, the convenience of electricity and potable water, the joys of friendly companionship, etc.  The goal is to cultivate a daily appreciation of the simple gifts of life that are often overlooked and taken for granted.

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This guided contemplation begins with integrating mindfulness of breathing meditation with the repetition of a “short form” lovingkindness meditation.  After this practice is established, a series of gratitude contemplations are offered, for example, ]]> Peter Carlson clean 44:55
Guided Short Form Lovingkindness Meditation https://orlandoinsightmeditation.org/2022/11/guided-short-form-lovingkindness-meditation/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 16:19:18 +0000 https://orlandoinsightmeditation.org/?p=74040 ]]> This guided lovingkindness contemplation uses this mantra: “May I be wise, happy and peaceful, with an ease of well-being”, and was recorded during the 2022 Deerhaven retreat.

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This guided lovingkindness contemplation uses this mantra: “May I be wise, happy and peaceful, with an ease of well-being”, and was recorded during the 2022 Deerhaven retreat. ]]> Peter Carlson clean 44:57
Deerhaven 2022 Retreat Review https://orlandoinsightmeditation.org/2022/11/deerhaven-2022-retreat-review/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 13:53:03 +0000 https://orlandoinsightmeditation.org/?p=73762 ]]> In following a long-established tradition, this meeting is dedicated to providing those who attended the recent one-week residential retreat to review their experience during the retreat.  After such an event, it is difficult to be able to express the insights gained during such an immersive experience without the support of those who were at the event or have previously been on a retreat.  Such a review helps to integrate the insights more fully into daily life, while also providing inspiration for those listening.

The focus of next week’s talk, which occurs on Thanksgiving Eve, provides an opportunity to express gratitude for the benefits that meditation practice provides for the quality of one’s life.

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In following a long-established tradition, this meeting is dedicated to providing those who attended the recent one-week residential retreat to review their experience during the retreat.  After such an event, The focus of next week’s talk, which occurs on Thanksgiving Eve, provides an opportunity to express gratitude for the benefits that meditation practice provides for the quality of one’s life.
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Reviewing The Stages Of Insight https://orlandoinsightmeditation.org/2022/10/reviewing-the-stages-of-insight/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 17:39:58 +0000 https://orlandoinsightmeditation.org/?p=72078 ]]> This talk reviews a system developed over several centuries after the life of the Buddha that describes various levels of conscious awareness that can be experienced during the process of Awakening.  The Progressions of Insight, as they are often called, begin with developing an ethically integrated lifestyle and the cultivation of the basic skills of mindfulness, investigation and Right Effort.  As the development of the process matures, insights of an increasingly subtle and profound nature are experienced that validate the Buddhist foundational concepts of impermanence (anicca), the distress and confusion that results from craving and clinging (dukkha), and the absence of an enduring and autonomous self (anatta).  The final goal of this progression is direct experience of Nirvana (the ultimately unconditioned state of mind).

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  STAGES OF AWAKENING

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This talk reviews a system developed over several centuries after the life of the Buddha that describes various levels of conscious awareness that can be experienced during the process of Awakening.  The Progressions of Insight, Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  STAGES OF AWAKENING
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Reviewing The Seven Awakening Factors, Part 3 https://orlandoinsightmeditation.org/2022/10/reviewing-the-seven-awakening-factors-part-3/ Thu, 20 Oct 2022 18:38:29 +0000 https://orlandoinsightmeditation.org/?p=71672 ]]> This talk reviews the remaining two of the Seven Awakening Factors, Concentration/Unification and Equanimity/Balance.  The first three factors, Mindfulness, Investigation of Mental Phenomena and Energy/Effort/Persistence (In the form of Right Effort), monitor and regulate the other factors.  The next two factors, Joy/Enthusiastic Engagement and Tranquility, provide appropriate interactions between emotions–the manifestation of mental energy without emotional turbulence.  Concentration/Unification is reviewed to reflect the traditional cultivation of jhana states, along with more contemporary practices involving developing enough stability of attention to coordinate the Awakening Factors functions.  Equanimity/Balance is reviewed to clarify how the coordinated actions of the factors are balanced and not subject to either desire, aversion or ignorance.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  The Seven Awakening Factors, Part 3

The next talk will review the Progressions of Insight, a conceptual structured description of what can be recognized subjectively as the mind becomes more Awakened, leading ultimately to the experience of Nirvana.

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This talk reviews the remaining two of the Seven Awakening Factors, Concentration/Unification and Equanimity/Balance.  The first three factors, Mindfulness, Investigation of Mental Phenomena and Energy/Effort/Persistence (In the form of Right Effort), Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  The Seven Awakening Factors, Part 3
The next talk will review the Progressions of Insight, a conceptual structured description of what can be recognized subjectively as the mind becomes more Awakened, leading ultimately to the experience of Nirvana.
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Reviewing The Seven Awakening Factors, Part 2 https://orlandoinsightmeditation.org/2022/10/reviewing-the-seven-awakening-factors-part-2/ Thu, 13 Oct 2022 20:49:38 +0000 https://orlandoinsightmeditation.org/?p=71478 ]]> This talk reviews the Awakening Factors Joy and Tranquility.  The understanding of the review is that the first three Awakening Factors, Mindfulness, Investigation Of Mental Phenomena and Energy/Effort/Persistence, which were reviewed during the talk of October 5, 2022, support the development of the remaining Awakening Factors. The traditional understanding of these two factors is reviewed, along with some of the contemporary research on the nervous system that validates Buddhist concepts.  Their development creates the conditions in the mind that bring clarity and a quality of regulation to the actions of the sympathetic nervous system, which energizes the mind and body, expressed as the Awakening Factor of Joy.  The parasympathetic nervous system calms the mind and body, and is the Awakening Factor of Tranquility.  As the Awakening Factors mature, these two systems are dynamically integrated and balanced.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  The Seven Awakening Factors—Part 2

The focus of the next talk will be a review of the remaining Awakening Factors, Concentration/Unification and Equanimity/Balance, which function to coordinate and balance the other five Awakening Factors.

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This talk reviews the Awakening Factors Joy and Tranquility.  The understanding of the review is that the first three Awakening Factors, Mindfulness, Investigation Of Mental Phenomena and Energy/Effort/Persistence, Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  The Seven Awakening Factors—Part 2
The focus of the next talk will be a review of the remaining Awakening Factors, Concentration/Unification and Equanimity/Balance, which function to coordinate and balance the other five Awakening Factors.
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Reviewing The Seven Awakening Factors, Part 1 https://orlandoinsightmeditation.org/2022/10/reviewing-the-seven-awakening-factors-part-1/ Thu, 06 Oct 2022 20:45:02 +0000 https://orlandoinsightmeditation.org/?p=70637 ]]> Once the mind has settled because the Five Hindrances have been conditionally disabled, the full realization of Awakening becomes possible because of the effect of the Seven Awakening Factors: Mindfulness, Investigation of Mental Phenomena, Energy/Effort/ Persistence, Joy/Engaged Interest, Tranquility, Concentration/Unification and Equanimity/Balance.  This talk focuses on a review of the first three of the factors, the coordinated and integrated development of which enables the realization of the remaining four factors.  Upcoming talks will review the remaining factors.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  THE SEVEN FACTORS FOR AWAKENING Part One

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Once the mind has settled because the Five Hindrances have been conditionally disabled, the full realization of Awakening becomes possible because of the effect of the Seven Awakening Factors: Mindfulness, Investigation of Mental Phenomena, Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  THE SEVEN FACTORS FOR AWAKENING Part One
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Six Beautiful Pairs of Wholesome Mind Conditioners https://orlandoinsightmeditation.org/2022/09/six-beautiful-pairs-of-wholesome-mind-conditioners/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 17:00:16 +0000 https://orlandoinsightmeditation.org/?p=69011 ]]> The Six Beautiful Pairs of Wholesome Cetasikas represent the fulfillment of wholesomeness in the mind.  The integrated and unified functions of the Universal, Particular and seven Wholesome mind conditioning factors manifests as 12 integrated characteristics–six factors being among various aggregations of the wholesome factors and six representing their beneficial effects on consciousness.  The value of contemplating these mind conditioners comes from understanding the concepts involved, with emphasis on how to recognize them and unify their functioning to promote the process of Awakening.  During the talk, the relationship between these conditioners and the Seven Awakening Factors is clarified.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  REVIEWING-SIX-BEAUTIFUL-PAIRS-OF-WHOLESOME-MIND-CONDITIONERS

The topic for the next talk will be a review of the remaining mind conditioning factors, which represent direct realization of various elements of the Noble Eightfold Path.

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The Six Beautiful Pairs of Wholesome Cetasikas represent the fulfillment of wholesomeness in the mind.  The integrated and unified functions of the Universal, Particular and seven Wholesome mind conditioning factors manifests as 12 integrated character... Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  REVIEWING-SIX-BEAUTIFUL-PAIRS-OF-WHOLESOME-MIND-CONDITIONERS
The topic for the next talk will be a review of the remaining mind conditioning factors, which represent direct realization of various elements of the Noble Eightfold Path.
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Reviewing The Wholesome Mind Conditioners, Part 1 https://orlandoinsightmeditation.org/2022/09/reviewing-the-wholesome-mind-conditioners-part-1/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 17:54:58 +0000 https://orlandoinsightmeditation.org/?p=68094 ]]> There are 25 wholesome mind conditioners described in Buddhist psychology; this talk reviews the first 7 of these functions.  They are present in each moment of consciousness, operating to free the mind from distress and confusion.  The value in reviewing them comes from first being able to identify them conceptually, then to recognize their operation in consciousness.  Ultimately, this awareness “deconstructs” the belief that there is an enduring, autonomous self–instead, there is direct realization that the self is fabricated through the interactions of various functions.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  WHOLESOME MIND CONDITIONERS, PART ONE

The focus of next week’s talk will be on the “Six Beautiful Pairs” of wholesome mind conditioners, which represent the beneficial effect of the conditioners reviewed during this talk.

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There are 25 wholesome mind conditioners described in Buddhist psychology; this talk reviews the first 7 of these functions.  They are present in each moment of consciousness, operating to free the mind from distress and confusion. Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  WHOLESOME MIND CONDITIONERS, PART ONE
The focus of next week’s talk will be on the “Six Beautiful Pairs” of wholesome mind conditioners, which represent the beneficial effect of the conditioners reviewed during this talk.
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